The Master of Arts in Secondary Education with Initial Certification (MIC) at the University of Kentucky is an intensive one calendar-year program of 31 credit hours which leads to both a master’s degree and initial teacher certification in Kentucky.

The MIC may be pursued in one of four subject areas: English and Social Studies Education.

Course Plan & Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Education MIC Program consists of 31 graduate hours and is completed in one calendar year. The typical course sequence is:

Fall Term:

  • EDU 645/SEM 770 – Foundations of Pedagogical Theory and Practice in the Secondary School (3 hours)
  • EDC 632/EDC 634/SEM 631/SEM 635 – Subject Area Pedagogy in the Secondary School (3 hours)
  • EDC 638 – Technology Education (1 hour)
  • EDC 639 – Multicultural Secondary Education (1 hour)
  • EDP 658 – Problems in Educational Psychology (1 hour)
  • EDS 604 – Issues in Special Education (1 hour)
  • EPE 773 – Seminar in Educational Policy Studies (1 hour)

Spring Term

  • EDC/SEM 746 – Subject Area Instruction in the Secondary School (9 hours)
  • EDC 637 – Classroom Management (1 hour)
  • ELS 691 – Legal Perspectives for Teachers (1 hour)

In addition, students are required to take 9 graduate elective hours (which we recommend completing the summer term prior to the official start of MIC coursework). Due to a recent change in state policy, one of those elective courses must be:

  • EDC 533 – Teaching Adolescent Literacy Across the Disciplines (3 hours)

Students wishing to teach overseas must take:

  • EDC 554 – Student Teaching Abroad


Students admitted to the MIC Secondary Education Program must complete nine (9) credit hours of graduate-level elective course work.  These electives may be completed in your content area or in Education. MIC students are required to take EDC 533 (Teaching Adolescent Literacy Across the Disciplines) as one of their electives. This course is offered during Fall, Spring, and Summer 2 terms. MIC students planning to Student Teach Abroad must take EDC 554 (Student Teaching Abroad). This course is offered in the Fall term.

Students are strongly advised to complete all nine graduate elective credits during the summer prior to the fall and the formal start of the MIC program.  However, students are not required to do so.  If you choose to take electives later in your program, you are advised to complete two elective courses during the summer prior and one elective course during the fall term.  If you choose, you may complete electives during the summer that follows student teaching.  In such cases, students will be advised that their degrees and certification will not be completed until August.  Late completion may affect your qualification for professional teaching jobs.  Students are strongly advised to avoid taking elective courses during the Spring term when they are student teaching full time.

Demands of the MIC Program

How time-consuming is the program?

In the fall, students are enrolled in 11-13 hours of coursework. These courses typically meet on Mondays and Fridays. Students also participate in a fall practicum experience, for which students typically spend Tuesdays-Thursdays in the field. In the spring, students complete their student teaching, which requires students to be in the field Mondays-Fridays. Students are also enrolled in 11 hours of coursework. These courses typically meet on Thrusday evenings. The program is very intensive; other employment is not recommended.

Financial Assistance

Applicants are encouraged to apply for scholarships available through the College of Education. Please note that the deadline for incoming graduate students to apply for scholarships is February 15th. Applicants should contact the University’s Financial Aid Office for information about additional funding opportunities.

Applying to the MIC Program

The MIC Program has a rolling admissions process. Students are welcome to submit applicants from August through May. Students will be notified of a decision as soon as possible after submitting a completed application.


  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in an approved major in a subject area covered by the MIC and an overerall GPA of 2.75.
  • Admission to the UK Graduate School, which requires a minimum of 2.75 undergraduate GPA, 3.0 GPA in any graduate work, and standardized test scores.
  • Demonstration of adequate skills in written and oral communication.
  • Demonstration of complex skills, understandings, and dispositions through the medium of faculty interviews, admission portfolio materials, and written or oral tasks at the time of the admission interview.
  • Minimum GRE scores of 150 (verbal), 143 (quantitative), and 4.0 (analytical). Applicants can substitute GRE scores that do not meet the minimum with PRAXIS Core Academic Skills Test scores.

How to Apply

For more information concerning applications, please visit our How to Apply page.

  • Complete the joint Graduate School/MIC application online.
  • Meet with appropriate subject area academic advisor to review undergraduate subject matter preparation.
  • Pay application fees – one for the Graduate School and one for the MIC.
  • Complete a formal interview with the appropriate program faculty committee, including the completion of required written and oral communication tasks.
  • Complete an assessment of skills and abilities in technology.

Note: Descriptions of specific entrance standards and requirements for each subject area can be found in the undergraduate bulletin.


We are pleased to welcome veterans and would like to mention the additional financial aid opportunities offered through the Veterans Resource Center.